One of my favorite nautical elements is the use of rope and twine in unexpected places. I just love it. Rope adds a natural and raw quality that is not only visually interesting, but makes your pieces unique.
Jute rope transports me to summertime. You know how certain scents or sounds remind you of a specific memory? For me, nautical rope takes me back to the first summer my now-husband and I were dating. Stephen taught sailing in the Baltimore Inner Harbor every year. He’d spend his days out on the water with kids, showing them how to tie knots, trim the sails, and enjoy nature while learning. I would drive up to join him when I wasn’t working. We spent a whole evening one night sitting on the pier, him teaching me different knots. I learned the cleat hitch, bowline, double overhand, figure 8, and more than I can remember now. We are just sitting there, playing with line (the fancy sailing term for rope), and enjoying each other’s company. That was a magical summer. So for me, rope is more than a material. It’s part of our story.
I plan on creating a few unique pieces for our own home that incorporate rope and twine. While I was browsing around looking for inspiration, I found some really great pieces that I wanted to share with you. If you are looking for a way to add nautical flair to your home, I hope you enjoy!